The superhero movie world was dealt a surprising blow this weekend, when it was revealed that original Deadpool director Tim Miller was parting ways with the upcoming sequel Deadpool 2 over creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds. A subsequent report claimed that both the director and star clashed over the casting of Cable, who was announced as part of the sequel during Deadpool's post-credit sequence. Today a new report has surfaced that claims the real reason Tim Miller left didn't involve the sequel's casting, but rather the budget.
The Wrap reports that star/producer Ryan Reynolds and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, envisioned a "scrappy," raunchy, inexpensive movie," along the lines of the original Deadpool. The original R-rated movie became a box office sensation, earning $782.6 million worldwide from a $58 million budget. Tim Miller, on the other hand, reportedly wanted a more "stylish take" that would compete with big-budget tentpoles, and cost three times more than the first movie. Here's what the site's source had to say.
"There were two totally different movies on the table, and one of them just wasn't Deadpool."
This report also claims that 20th Century Fox president Jim Gianopolous had to act as a "peacekeeper" between Tim Miller and Ryan Reynolds during the production, while another source claimed that the executive didn't have to step in until after the first film's release in February. Jim Gianapolous officially confirmed at the CinemaCon convention that the Deadpool sequel is happening, but he ended up leaving the studio on September 1., with Stacey Snider taking over. This report claims that the studio's president of production, Emma Watts, has been largely handling this situation since Jim Gianapolous left the studio.
Shortly after this report was published, Collider's editor-in-chief Steven Weintraub stated on Twitter that the director didn't want a sequel that would cost three times more than the original, calling the report "bulls--t." Steven Weintraub wouldn't address the issue further, but regardless of why he left, the sequel still needs to find a new director. 20th Century Fox hasn't issued a release date yet, but producer Simon Kinberg had teased in June that they had planned to start shooting in early 2017, but that may not happen now unless they can find a new director very soon.
Shortly after Tim Miller left the sequel, a petition formed to get maverick filmmaker Quentin Tarantino to direct Deadpool 2, which would most certainly be a departure for the filmmaker, since he has never tackled the superhero genre before. Just before Tim Miller left Deadpool 2, we reported that the studio has six actresses on their short list to play Domino, Lizzy Caplan, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Sienna Miller, Sofia Boutella, Stephanie Sigman and Sylvia Hoeks. Take a look at the tweets from Steven Weintraub and The Wrap's Umberto Gonzalez about the Deadpool 2 director situation.
I'm not going to say much about the Deadpool 2 drama but Miller did not want a sequel that would cost 3 times as much. That's bullshit.— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) October 25, 2016
.@colliderfrosty Well guess what? No one disputed or denied when asked about that. Other things were denied, however not that.— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) October 25, 2016
@colliderfrosty It was much more than that. Try reading the story Steve.😀— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) October 25, 2016